Friday, October 23, 2009

More advice on long-term prescribing of antidepressants needed

Study in the BMJ looking at why antidepressant prescribing has increased suggests it may well be due to people staying on antidepressants long-term. It only needs a small number to stay on them long-term to increase the total number of prescriptions dramatically.

The problem is that doctors get guidance about starting people on antidepressants but not much about when and how to take them off.